1. Quincy Jones Looks Back with All-Star Tribute Album

    November 15, 2010 11:10 AM EST Reflecting on his game-changing career, industry legend Quincy Jones says there's one memento he especially treasures. It's a picture Duke Ellington signed in 1973 after Jones had wrapped his first TV production: a CBS special in tribute to the pioneering jazz pianist/composer. The…

  2. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Mariah Carey, Trey Songz, Willow Smith

    November 12, 2010 11:48 AM EST Mariah Carey kicks off the holiday season with "Merry Christmas II You," which arrives at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, marking only the second Christmas set to top the chart in its 45-year history. It starts with 55,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the…

  3. Quincy Jones ' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' Track-By-Track

    November 04, 2010 12:35 PM EDT The name of Quincy Jones ' latest, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra," doesn't betray the depth of music's past, present and future its 15 tracks embody. On the album, due Nov. 9, the legendary producer and musician reinterprets several of the hits and collaborations he's…

  4. Reba McEntire Extends Country Songs Record

    November 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'RADIO' ROYALTY: While Taylor Swift dominates headlines on the Billboard 200, as her "Speak Now" blasts in at No. 1, logging the largest sales week since 2005 , according to Nielsen SoundScan, another country queen continues rewriting history on Country Songs. Reba…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Bruno Mars, Rihanna, 'Halo'

    September 23, 2010 6:55 PM EDT MARS ATTACKS: After his arrest Sunday (Sept. 19) on suspicion of cocaine possession , Bruno Mars instead makes enviable headlines on the Billboard Hot 100 , where "Just the Way You Are" ascends 3-1 . The song is Mars' first No. 1 as a lead artist, following his turn as a…

  6. Ask Billboard: Bareilles Bookends Billboard 200

    September 17, 2010 6:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to [email protected] . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. 1 VS. 100, AND…

  7. POTW: Jessica Simpson, Kevin Jonas, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus

    September 10, 2010 4:15 PM EDT Jessica Simpson strutted on the catwalk, Kevin Jonas got his "good samaritan" on, Taylor Swift posed with hunky football players, Miley Cyrus took a stroll with brother Braison, Ashley Tisdale attended Fashion's Night Out, Fantasia hit the "106 & Park" stage, Lady…

  8. Amy Winehouse Sings Again on Quincy Jones Album

    September 08, 2010 4:14 PM EDT A my Winehouse is making music again. Quincy Jones says the five-time Grammy winner's first new track in years will appear on his forthcoming album, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra." Winehouse has been known more for her personal problems than her music in recent years, and hasn't…

  9. Nine Things We'll Never Forget About Aaliyah

    August 25, 2010 4:10 PM EDT Nine years ago today, Aaliyah was tragically killed in a plane crash, marking the too-soon end of one of the music industry's most unique voices. Here's our list of nine things we'll never forget about Aaliyah's too-brief time in the spotlight: Aaliyah Remembered By Celeb…

  10. Release Of The Week - Big Boi

    June 29, 2010 9:50 AM EDT Chart Article From splitting with former label Jive Records, to contractual issues that prevented Outkast partner Andre 3000 from making guest appearances on his new album, Big Boi has faced his share of obstacles leading up to the release of his solo debut. But after being signed to Def Jam…

  11. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga

    June 25, 2010 5:25 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at [email protected] . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PERRY POWER Hi Gary, With Katy Perry 's "California Gurls,"…

  12. Release Of The Week: The-Dream

    June 22, 2010 9:45 AM EDT Chart Article T he-Dream's forthcoming album, "Love King" (set for release June 29 on Radio Killa/Def Jam) is the third set in a triology of albums from the singer/songwriter/producer, following 2007 "Love/Hate" and 2009's "Love vs Money." "Love…

  13. Aretha Franklin Wows Apollo Theater Ceremony

    June 15, 2010 4:39 PM EDT Aretha Frankin surprised a packed Apollo Theater last night (June 14) with an impromptu performance as she was inducted into the legendary venue's hall of fame. Franklin and Michael Jackson (posthumously) were honored, while Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony were awarded for their…

  14. Sheryl Crow Enlists Keith Richards, Justin Timberlake For '100 Miles'

    June 08, 2010 5:05 PM EDT S heryl Crow shows some more soul on her new album -- the soul she grew up with literally "100 Miles From Memphis" in Kennett, Mo. "The timing of it was perfect," Crow tells Billboard.com about the 12-song set, which comes out July 20. "I've always had a lot of…

  15. Michael Jackson, Aretha To Enter Apollo Hall of Fame

    June 07, 2010 3:35 PM EDT M ichael Jackson will be posthumously inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame -- along with Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin -- at the Apollo Theatre's Annual Spring Benefit. Past inductees into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame include Quincy Jones, Patti Labelle, Smokey Robinson,…

  16. Big Boi: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 2:30 PM EDT "Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty" (Def Jam, July 6) Big Boi 's long-delayed stand-alone solo album is finally on the runway. Helping the project take flight is funky lead single "Shutterbug," produced by Scott Storch. Other tracks include the bassy …

  17. Jamie Foxx: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 1:37 PM EDT "Body" (J/RMG, July 20) Jamie Foxx collaborates with Drake , Rico Love, David Guetta and Justin Timberlake on his forthcoming album. Timberlake is responsible for Foxx 's current "Winner" track, which also features T.I. and can be heard in ads for the NBA playoffs.…

  18. 'American Idol' Recap: Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze Soar on 'Falling Slowly' Duet

    May 12, 2010 12:21 AM EDT With Oscar winner and R&B crooner Jamie Foxx as their mentor, the "American Idol" top 4 tackled songs from the movies tonight. Sadly, no one picked the awesome "Ghostbusters" theme that was on the list of cleared songs, but there were still plenty of eyebrow-raising…

  19. Big Boi Sets July 6 Debut Album Release Date

    April 20, 2010 12:46 PM EDT After numerous delays, Big Boi 's solo debut, "Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty," will finally be available on July 6th on Def Jam Recordings. First single, "Shutterbug," produced by Scott Storch, has already been released. Other songs in the 14-track…

  20. Rihanna Refuses to Budge from Hot 100 Perch

    April 15, 2010 11:20 AM EDT Rihanna 's "Rude Boy" remains stationed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, fending off runner-up "Nothin' On You" by B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars (2-2) for yet another frame. "Nothin" takes the chart Airplay Gainer trophy with an increase…

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